(1592 – 30 September 1669) was an English poet and bishop.
The eldest son of John King
, Bishop of London
, and his wife Joan Freeman, he was baptised at Worminghall
, 16 January 1592. He was educated at Lord Williams's School
, Westminster School
and in 1608 became a student of Christ Church, Oxford
. With his brother John King
he matriculated 20 January 1609, and was admitted (19 June 1611 and 7 July 1614) to the degrees of bachelor and master of arts. On 24 January 1616 he was collated to the prebend of St. Pancras in St. Paul's Cathedral
, receiving at the same time the office of penitentiary or confessor in the cathedral, together with the rectory and patronage of Chigwell
. He was made archdeacon of Colchester
on 10 April 1617, and soon afterwards received the sinecure rectory of Fulham, in addition to being appointed one of the royal chaplains. All these preferments he held until he was advanced to the episcopal bench.Late in 1617 he preached a sermon at Paul's Cross. About this time King married Anne, eldest daughter of Robert Berkeley, esq., and granddaughter of Sir Maurice Berkeley. There were four or five children of the marriage, but only two survived. His wife died about 1624, and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, aged just 23.
He was a close friend of John Donne
, who made him one of his executors, and presented him with his sermons in manuscript, and notes... Read More